hi rachel's mom! we are flattered that you feel we can help! and, you know - maybe we CAN!
<P>my first response (after basheva's, above) would be that it SOUNDS LIKE the child is really pusing un-necessarily/too much too soon. <P>i should add that i am in australia, where there are different age-related training expectations, than in america (and i have experience in england as well, including at the royal ballet school's junior school, white lodge). so, i am not all that familiar with YOUR environment, but i am still confident my advice would be sound in this regard. YOU just need to factor in, what you know about your own 'local' conditions.<P>i probably would have been the same at your daughter's age - but did not have the options she might have.<P>perhaps the best thing i can say, is that, regardless of the details, your daughter seems to be imposing a guilt trip on you (inadvertently, of course!) which is completely un-necessary, and which you should take a big step back from! there is rarely ever ONLY 1 CHANCE, when you are ten years old! <P>there is plenty of time, and plenty of opportunity for her dreams to be realised, via a multitude of pathways, so don't feel pressured, as you think through these points we are offering up.<P>best wishes, grace
<p>[This message has been edited by grace (edited January 01, 2001).]